I make my first Collections
I would guess that when the first Kindle user downloaded her or his second book, the desire for Kindle organization was born. :)
For years, we could “tag” books. Basically, you add a note, and then search for the note. That worked (although it could be a bit dicey with Topaz format books).
With Version 2.5, though, we get a built-in system called Collections.
I talked about the techniques in this earlier post.
I thought I’d give you a little bit more of a personal take on what I did.
Let me start out by saying I haven’t put any personal documents (except my review copy of The Twiller) on my newest Kindle yet. Collections will be a lot more useful after I do.
For now, I had:
One personal document (The Twiller)
One book from the Kindle store (The Great God Pan, a free classic)
Five things from Amazon: MyClippings; upgrading to Kindle; Welcome Bufo; Kindle User’s Guide; and The New Oxford American Dictionary
My three blogs
The first thing I did was create a Collection called **current. I figured I’ll keep my current reading in there. The two asterisks were so it would sort to the top if I chose to sort by Title. The Twiller went in there.
I created a second Collection called *on deck. That’s for the ones waiting to be read. My one other Kindle e-book went there. It has one asterisk so that, if I sort by Title, it will be below the **current Collection.
Next up, a Collection called Amazon. I put the five Amazon documents in there. One interesting thing: it gave me an Amazon logo when I look at the details of the Collection. :) Apparently, the Kindle knows the name Amazon.
I had noticed while I was adding items that my samples were being shown as a choice. I didn’t really anticipate that: I’m pretty sure I had read that other people were unable to put samples into Collections, at least initially. That’s nice! I created a Collection called samples, and put them in there.
That was it for Collections…for now.
I tried sorting it alphabetically by title, but honestly, I didn’t like the look of it. When you do that, the titles are both in the Collections and outside it…that looked messy.
I think it will be easy enough to keep my **current collection at the top. The only trick will be when I download new books. However, I tend to download those to my Kindle for PC, and just get them out of the archives when I want them. That means I’ll deal with those one at a time, which should be pretty easy.
Here’s how it looks sorted by Collections:
Here’s how it looks sorted by Title:
The one thing I wish I could do (but I understand why it would be hard) would be to be able to put my blogs in a Collection.
I did experiment a bit. I tried a Collection title that was 70 characters long (to get past a possible 64 character limit): no problem. I restarted the Kindle…my Archives went to zero (which they should typically on a restart), but my Collections were still visible. When I synced, I still had my proper collections. Some people have reported problems with that, but I was okay.
All in all, I can see how this will be useful as I more personal documents. I tend to keep my Kindle store books in the archives, so it won’t help me too much with that.
But it is nice. :)
Any experiences you want to share with creating your Collections? Feel free to leave a comment.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.